Emily Manthei

Emily Manthei

Director, Production Designer and Screenwriter

Berlin, Germany

Member Since:
September 2011
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About Emily

I have been writing, directing and shooting films since 2004 in Los Angeles, London, Dhaka and Berlin. I'm also a journalist and travel writer, so elements of current events, cultural history and politics play significantly in my screenwriting. My most recent short film, "Voice Over," played dozens of festivals in Europe in 2019, won two audience awards, and can now be seen on Youtube at the link below. You can see some of my previous work at

I'm based in Berlin and would love to connect with more producers, filmmakers and development folks in Berlin or Germany generally.



  • Wall in the Head

    Wall in the Head Budget: $1M - $5M | Mystery Drama When an American influencer uses her channel to research her widower father’s past in West Berlin in the 80s, she winds up uncovering an East German family’s secrets, unspoken for more than 30 years.

  • In Visible Ink

    In Visible Ink Budget: $100K - $1M | Action Drama Escaping a life of hiding from the gang he used to belong to in El Salvador, Francisco finds a new path in Los Angeles by removing his gang tattoos and training as a preacher. But Central American gangs and Angeleno gangs are one in the same, and it’s not long before his new life runs into the old one.


  • The Tiger Hunter

    The Tiger Hunter (2016)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Art department A young Indian man relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.

  • The Sibling Code

    The Sibling Code (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Art department Add a Plot »

  • The Catcher

    The Catcher (2015)
    Film (Short, Biography, Drama and Thriller) Art director Based on the incredible true story of professional baseball player-turned WW2 spy, Moe Berg, The Catcher brings us along on Moe's first mission for the OSS. Filled with suspense and intrigue and set against the beautiful, yet dangerous, backdrop of 1930's Japan, Moe must gather intel crucial to the planning of a historic battle - and of the upmost importance to the war effort of the Allied Forces.

  • Just Plain Dead

    Just Plain Dead (2015)
    Television (Comedy, Crime and Mystery) Director Detective Smithie, the most hard-boiled female detective in a neo-noir Los Angeles, can't help but take on the cases of beautiful, dangerous "homme fatales." Wesley Wolfram was no different...

  • Jump Outs

    Jump Outs (2014 - 2015)
    Television (Reality-TV) Art department Jump Outs pits contestants against actual elite police Jump Out Teams. Contestants must plan and move an amulet across a wasteland all while being tracked and chased by the police.

  • Helio

    Helio (2015)
    Film (Short, Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Art department One worker sparks a revolution when he attempts to break free of his dystopian underworld.

  • Isa

    Isa (2014)
    TV Movie (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Art department Isa Reyes thinks she's a normal American teenager until she discovers that a chip in her brain is causing her dreams to merge with reality. When Isa is kidnapped by a company that wants to exploit her powerful dreams, her friends Nataly Gomez and Officer Diaz come to her aid. Together they uncover a conspiracy that spans from the forests of Mexico to Wall Street. Written by Ernest Diamond

  • Zephyr Springs

    Zephyr Springs (2013)
    Film (Thriller) Art department When Dawn and Kayla reunite for a mother-daughter weekend at a popular spa resort, they find themselves fighting for their lives as they discover the visiting guru has turned the resort into a cult nightmare.

  • 28 Hotel Rooms

    28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Art department Spanning several years involving two persons, a young man (Chris Messina) and a young woman (Marin Ireland), who have a one night stand in a hotel room. Despite going their different paths, the man, a struggling writer, and the woman, an accountant, meet over the next several years in various different hotel rooms across the USA while they travel on business. Despite they are both involved with different people, they find their romantic tryst a getaway from their everyday lives. But as they both mature and grow apart, will they ever learn that they may be soul mates really meant for each other and their secret rendezvous for sex is something more? Written by Larry B.

  • I Do

    I Do (2012)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Art director A gay Brit living in New York is deprived of his immigration status, and risks losing his family and life in the U.S. He marries his lesbian best friend to remain in the country and stay with his family, but things get complicated when he meets the love of his life and is forced to make an impossible choice. Written by David W Ross

  • Raincheck Romance

    Raincheck Romance (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Production designer After a day of receiving constructive relationship advice from his friends, Robert proposes to his good friend Amanda to turn their platonic dinner plans into a date.

  • A Whisper to a Roar

    A Whisper to a Roar (2012)
    Film (Documentary, Drama, History and News) Art department This, as yet untitled, film is a 90-minute feature documentary, which explores the heroic efforts of activists to bring democracy to their five countries - Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Ukraine and Egypt - and the challenges posed by the dictators they oppose(d). Appleseed Entertainment is producing in collaboration with Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institute, Director of the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and author of 'The Spirit of Democracy.' His body of work in the field of democracy activism inspired the film.

  • Encanto Road

    Encanto Road (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Art director Meet the hunky real househusbands of Encanto Road. Come for the comedy, stay for the tragedy, don't forget to do the yard work.

  • Patient Zero

    Patient Zero (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Production designer If faced with the choice of life or death, what would you do? Two doctors are faced with this decision when a peculiar disease is discovered that has the potential to wipe out civilization. Racing to prevent the disease from spreading, each doctor is faced with the ultimate decision of their career. Written by Anonymous

  • Drain Baby

    Drain Baby (2011)
    Film (Horror) Art department Add a Plot »

  • Always a Bride

    Always a Bride (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama, Family and 1 More) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The Institution of Marriage may need to be institutionalized in the twenty-first century - if this couple's any indication.

  • Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega

    Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega (2010)
    Film (Family) Art department A day in the life of 10 year old skateboarding twins.

  • The Manthei Factor

    The Manthei Factor (2010)
    Video (Documentary, Biography, Family and History) Director A film about truth, family, and all the stories that come between.

  • Being Green

    Being Green (2010)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Director Add a Plot »

  • The Golden Rule

    The Golden Rule (2010)
    Film (Short) Miscellaneous Crew Two vehicles collide in the desert. The drivers are forced to ride together, but is either of them really who he appears to be?

  • Hollywood, je t'aime

    Hollywood, je t'aime (2009)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Art department Recently broken up and barely enduring a dreary winter, gay Parisian Jérôme Beaunez impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles. While there he meets some colorful locals and pursues a dormant desire to become a movie star - but never can quite put the past behind him. In this meditation on love and narcissism across continents, Jérôme goes far in the sun-drenched City of Angels but ultimately arrives at an old Hollywood maxim: there's no place like home. Written by anonymous

  • Little Hercules in 3-D

    Little Hercules in 3-D (2009)
    Film (Family) Art department Little Hercules travels from Mt. Olympus to live life as a mortal in Los Angeles

  • Abundant Sunshine

    Abundant Sunshine (2009)
    Film (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Art director During 1987 through 1997 a serial killer terrorized the community of Beaumont, Texas. On February 28, 1997, at 9:15 AM an anonymous tip was received by the Beaumont Police Department leading them to the home of Jonathan Rainer and his wife of 19 years, Betty Rainer. In the basement of the home, Police found over 1500 videotapes documenting Rainer's life as a dedicated husband, devoted father and community leader. What the tapes also revealed would shock the world. The horrific murders of 12 victims captured by the killers camera. Through the freedom of information act Jonathan's home videos were released and assembled into a feature length film exploring the inner workings of a psychopathic killer. Written by 3V Films LLC

  • Reflections

    Reflections (2008)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama, Horror and 1 More) Art department When Carol looks into a mirror -- any mirror -- she sees images that horrify and repulse her. She's not a Medium, she's not a Ghost Whisperer, she's a frightened young woman on the edge of madness. Will the handsome stranger who offers to help turn out to be her salvation, or her final vision of terror? Written by Kate Duncan (kate_duncan@sbcglobal.net)

  • Parental Guidance

    Parental Guidance (2008)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Art director Add a Plot »

  • Reaper

    Reaper (2008)
    Film (Short) Production designer When the Grim Reaper suffers a mid life crisis, his good pal Jesus is at the ready with a therapy referral.

  • Sister's Keeper

    Sister's Keeper (2007)
    Film (Action, Drama and Thriller) Art department When a small town teacher mistakes the hit-man hired to kill her for her long lost brother, a tangled web of family secrets, deadly deception and forbidden love is spun that could destroy them all.

  • God Out the Window

    God Out the Window (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Art director Monica, a gentle and innocent soul, is worried about her Dad, "Paolo," a tortured artist. After years of seeing his value as an artist decline, Paolo is desperate for his acerbic art dealer, Channing, to give him one last shot. If he can only keep sweet, albeit slow, Monica, from interrupting their meeting with her abundance of baked goods. However, it's Monica's ability to see beauty in everything, that makes this day unlike any other day. Written by Anonymous

  • As If It Were Nothing

    As If It Were Nothing (2006)
    Film (Short) Director "The greatest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing. Every other loss - a leg, a wife, five dollars, etc - is bound to be noticed.: - Soren Kierkegaard

  • Life Unexamined

    Life Unexamined (2005)
    Film (Short) Director When a man takes a journey inside a Hollywood starlet's mind, he discovers it's not so easy to predict what others see.

  • Che Guevara

    Che Guevara (2005)
    Film (Biography, Drama, History, Romance and 1 More) Art department Rebel. Hero. Lover. Legend. Che Guevara has inspired generation after generation as the young idealist and revolutionary who fought for the poor and oppressed. Eduardo Noriega (Vantage Point,Open Your Eyes, The Devil's Backbone) electrifies in the title role of this fascinating story about Che's fearless life, helping to lead a bloody socialist revolt that would shock the world. Written by Anonymous


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